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    What Is Low-E Glass and Why Should My New Windows Have It?

    Last updated 6 years ago

    The modern home is often filled with amazing new technologies that bring extra comfort and security to families. Improved air conditioning and electrical and structural systems have made the most obvious progress in the past 50 years. However, did you know that windows also feature some of the latest innovations?

    Low-E glass is a window that is covered with a virtually invisible layer of metallic oxide. This coat can actually reflect the sun’s heat away from the window while allowing natural light to shine through. There are two types of low-E coatings that vary in intensity and performance. A hard coat, which may have a bluish tint, involves a process of pouring a layer of molten tin on a sheet of glass. A soft coat involves the application of tin to the glass in a vacuum chamber that is electrically charged. The main difference between the two types is that a hard coat is more durable, while a soft coat offers a higher emissivity.

    • The Application
    Houses that are built in hot climates should have low-E coatings applied to the outside panes of glass. This will allow the window to radiate heat away from the house, thereby keeping the space cool. If you live in cold climates and are interested in windows that are tailored to keep heat inside the house, the low-E coating should be applied to the inside pane of glass.

    • The Benefits
    Apart from the obvious benefits of keeping your home cool or warm, low-E glass makes it easy to save energy. When your air conditioner or heater is not expending extra energy to maintain a certain temperature in your home, you can rest assured that your utilities bill will also show savings.

    Find out more about replacement windows for your home by visiting California Glass & Window. Our professional team is dedicated to helping people achieve better solutions for their home projects, no matter what the style or budget demands may be. Call us at (714) 434-8650 to speak to an expert today!

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    Last updated 6 years ago

    What Makes New Windows Energy Efficient?

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Apart from making your home look gorgeous, windows are integral to the overall energy efficiency of your house. They are part of a larger system that encompasses light, heat, insulation, and ventilation to make your home comfortable and secure. When one of these factors is compromised, your home’s energy efficiency could suffer. Fortunately, new window models are tailored to provide better energy savings in your home.

    • High Insulating Value
    Every new window has an energy performance rating that expresses how high or low its insulating value is. It is important to look for windows that feature a low U-value number, which indicates better insulation. Double-paned windows provide an extra layer of insulation. This keeps the heat in during the winter and heat out during the summer.

    • Low-E Glass Coatings
    Transparent metallic oxides in glass are an innovative way to maintain energy efficiency in your home. Simply look for low-E glass coatings, which reflect up to 90% of long-wave heat energy away from the window while allowing visible light to pass through. This is useful during hot summers in order to keep the house cool without disrupting natural light from shining in. Like double-paned windows, low-E glass coatings help to improve the insulating value of a window.

    • Fiberglass
    Vinyl windows have been a standard choice for homeowners for the past 35 years. More recently, though, fiberglass windows are increasing in popularity for their impressive durability. These windows are also energy efficient and provide extra benefits in their capacity to expand and contract to maintain uniformity with the frame and glass. Because they are tightly engineered, they can withstand extreme weather conditions and prevent air infiltration.

    Explore your options at California Glass & Window to see how you could start saving energy today. Our award-winning team can help you find the best windows and provide quality installation. Call us at (714) 434-8650 to learn more today!

    Replacing Windows Means Energy Savings

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Did you know that air conditioning costs could make up to 50% of your utility bill? One of the most effective ways that you can lower your bill is to invest in better windows for your home.

    In this video, you’ll learn how the quality of your windows can affect your home’s overall energy savings. If you’re interested in replacing your windows, look for the Energy Star label. You can also ask about a window’s energy performance rating, which indicates how efficiently it will keep heat out of your home.

    If you’re in need of high-quality window installation, let the experts at California Glass & Window help. Our award-winning team is dedicated to providing the best products and services to our Orange County clients. Visit our website or call us at (714) 434-8650 to learn more.

    It's a Boy!

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Welcome to the newest member of our staff at California Glass & Window, Sawyer Conkle. Congratulations to Dallas Conkle and his wife Brittany on the birth of their son. We gave him his birthday off, he starts learning the business tomorrow :-)

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